Eminent playback singer S. Janaki received the Lifetime Achievement Award at a glittering function that marked the 2nd edition of the Maa Music Awards here on Saturday evening, in the presence of the who’s who of the Telugu film industry, especially those connected with music.
Young music director Devisri Prasad walked away with honours including the Best Music Director of the Year, for the Best Love Song of the year (Pilla nuvvu leni jeevitham … from the film ‘Gabbar Singh’) and for the Sensational Song of 2012 (Kevvu Keka … sung by Mamta Sarma in the film ‘Gabbar Singh’).
Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and actress Anushka announced DSP (as Devisri Prasad is popular) for being the years’ best, while directors K. Raghuvendra Rao and Tammareddy Bharadwaja and producer Allu Arvind announced the Best Love Song and the impromptu skit they broke into, evoked thunderous applause.
The Maa Music Awards programme will be telecast on February 3.
There was also some special content by the Close-Up brand aimed at launching one female and one male singer. The soiree was one seamless blend of music and dance with several medleys by popular names including Chitra, Koti and Madhushalini. While Ms. Chitra’s numbers were full of melodies, Ms. Madhushalini danced to ‘what are typically called ‘mass’ numbers, reverberating with the beats of percussion instruments.
Among those present at the Shilpa Kala Vedika were singers P. Susheela, Vani Jairam and Baba Sehgal, actress Roja, actress-turned-MLA Jayasudha, lyricists ‘Sirivennela’ Seetharama Sastry, Ramajogayya Sastry Darivemula and Anant Shriram, music directors including Koti, Mani Sarma and Devisri Prasad, producer Allu Aravind and directors K. Viswanath, K. Raghavendra Rao, Radhakrishna ‘Krish’ Jagarlamudi and Harish Shankar.
The evening included a special tribute to Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar and Palagummi Vishwanath, a great musician who composed about 15,000 songs.
It was an entire evening devoted to music and the packed gathering applauded every step of the way - be it the appearance of their favourites on stage or every time the speakers blared out hit numbers or a video was shown.